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To challenge our scholars academically at high levels, develop them socially, and uplift them emotionally.
A Message from the Principal
Dear Booker T. Washington Families,
Happy Monday and Happy Black History Month!! In the words of Morgan Freeman, “I don’t want a black history month. Black History is American History.” As a history teacher, I always shared that sentiment. My hope is that one day all American historical contributions whether they are from some one black, Hispanic or white will be equally taught and celebrated in schools. Until that happens, we have a responsibility to make sure our scholars have the opportunity to see successful individuals across all sectors who look like them.
We hope that the new year has started off well for all of you. Please know that our focus remains on cultivating a positive climate and creating the best learning environment possible for our students. High quality instruction and student learning are our highest priorities. This makes it equally important to ensure that the partnership between school and home remains strong. With that said, we hope that your students are feeling safe and supported. If you have any questions and or concerns we want to hear from you.
We are excited to share that we were able to recognize our Honor Roll students, students with all A’s, students excelling in reading and math, special area classes and students who are going the extra mile in displaying our school wide behavior expectations during a grade level assembly and recognition program last week. We also gave away 6 bikes on Monday to students who had perfect attendance. Your student can be entered into the drawing for the month of February if they have perfect attendance.
Lastly, chromebooks will continue to go home each day through the month of February. Please remind your children to bring their chromebooks back to school each day charged up and ready to go.
Thanks again for all you do and supporting us here at BTW!
Attendance & Absence Verification
If your child is absent from school, please call the office at (859) 381-3263 on the morning of the absence. When returning from an absence, we ask that you, please, send a note from a parent, guardian, or doctor stating the date and the reason for the absence if you did not call and report the absence. We ask parents to schedule medical appointments after school when possible. Children should not miss school unless absolutely necessary. We want our students to be successful learners and it is very important to be in school to achieve their full learning potential. Children who arrive to school after 7:45 need to go to the office to receive a tardy slip. Students who have a note from a court, doctor, or dentist will receive an excused tardy, if they bring the note to the office. Again, please, try and schedule appointments before and after school.
Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to have an amazing 2023-2024 school year.
Inclement Weather Procedures
IMPORTANT: Although the weather has been quite mild this week, we are still in the Winter season and have the potential for inclement weather. Each student has a folder in their backpack with work designated for Non-Traditional Instruction. In the event the district calls an NTI day, your student will complete the work designated for that particular NTI day. Your child's teacher will also be available from 8:30 to 10:30 on NTI days to answer any questions you or your child may have. NTI folders were sent home in January. Reach out to your child’s teacher or the front office if you have any questions.
- Please remind your children to not bring any toy weapons to school for any reason. They are okay for home but not appropriate for school. Thanks for your help!
- Families must use the car rider lane to drop off their child. Please do not drop students off at the top of the hill on Scoop Brown.
- School begins promptly at 7:45am. You must come in if you arrive after this time.
- Attendance is important to your child's growth. We need them at school everyday.
- Transportation changes must be submitted in writing before noon.
- Students must wear Gym shoes to PE. No sandals allowed.
- Please click the following link to access the student code of conduct: https://fcps.net/conduct
- Contact us if you are in need of additional support. We cannot fix what we do not know.
2024-2025 Kindergarten Registration
Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA)
Our staff is committed to our district’s mission of creating a collaborative community that ensures all students achieve at high levels and graduate prepared to excel in a global society. Research has helped us understand the important role social skills – such as demonstrating self-control, persisting at challenging tasks, making good decisions, and working well in groups – play in each child’s success in school and beyond.
As such, our school will participate in the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA rating scale measures social and emotional skills that research has shown help students do well in school, at home, and in the community. This tool will be completed by someone who knows your child very well – in most cases a teacher. Information gathered from the DESSA will be beneficial to your child’s overall success inside and outside of the classroom.
- How often did the child keep trying when unsuccessful?
- How often did the child offer to help somebody?
- How often did the child get things done in a timely manner?
- How often did the child work well in groups?
Our district chose the DESSA, published by Aperture Education (AE), in part because of AE’s strong commitment to respecting and protecting your child’s privacy. Hundreds of school districts and after-school programs nationwide use DESSA and trust AE to protect student data, which will never be shared with a third party. AE also offers a Parent Portal on its website that provides resources, tips, and strategies on supporting a child’s development. To view additional information about the DESSA in Fayette County, visit the Aperture Education Parent Portal.
To learn more, or if you would like your child to OPT-OUT of this assessment, please visit the Elementary DESSA Information Page. If you would like your child to be included in the DESSA assessment, you do not need to do anything at this time. If you have any questions please contact the school’s DESSA site lead which can be found in the DESSA Site Lead PDF below.
Families Moving Together
This program is designed for families of preschool-aged children to promote movement and support early learning, but children of all ages are welcome! The theme for this month is Dance Together. All activities are free and open to the community. Families will be entered into a monthly drawing each time they attend. Our online calendar can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/FMTeventcalendar or by using the QR code on calendar below. The online calendar has additional details and registration information. While registration is not required, it is encouraged.
Tigers On The Move
Donuts with Grown-Ups
On January 26,2024 “Donuts with Grown-Ups” was amazing! Thank you, Tiger Family for taking the time to spend breakfast with us. It is ALWAYS a pleasure to see your smiling faces. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
~“It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work, friends, and family." – Philip Green
If You Give A Child A Book Campaign
We were so honored to be a part of this wonderful campaign. We hope our scholars enjoyed sharing their new books with their families.
Want to Volunteer?
We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Whether you can give an hour of your time once a week or once a month, we need and want you here. We will make sure your time is well spent. Just get involved. Reach out to your child’s teacher or the front office about becoming a volunteer. We are working hard to strengthen the bond between home and school and welcome your support.
Adults interested in volunteering must first register through Fayette County Public Schools and clear a background check. Please click on the following link to complete the FCPS Volunteer Application: https://apps.fcps.net/volunteer/.